HARTFORD – The Connecticut House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a measure that would assist veterans in qualifying for certain occupational licenses by reviewing the training that was received during military service.
State Rep. Penny Bacchiochi, R-Somers, is a proponent of H.B. 5387, which establishes a task force aimed at transitioning servicemen and women into career paths similar to their military service. The task force would review training and experience associated with military occupational specialties, and make recommendations as a substitute for certain state licensing requirements.
“This needs to be a priority for Connecticut,” Rep. Bacchiochi said. “As a member of the legislature’s Veterans Committee, I believe this task force and everything it’s established to do is a much-needed service to our men and women coming out of the military. Our veterans need jobs when they leave the service, and the training they receive during that time could be a necessity to the work force. That’s why a substitution for their credentials is needed.
“This will add jobs and improve the skilled workforce,” Rep. Bacchiochi said.
After unanimous approval during the committee process, and overwhelming support in the House, the bill now awaits a vote in the State Senate.